So first things first: my cats are not sad. My cats are warm --very warm, thank you very much-- well-fed, loved, and happy. They don't worry too often.
And neither do I! That is because Bean 3, WHAT TIME IS IT THERE? is finally out in paperback! Yes, friends, you no longer need a plastic bag for your Kindle to read WHAT TIME IS IT THERE? in the bathtub.
You can now turn actual paper pages. And I can set up a Goodreads givewaway (which I probably will a bit later in the day--film at eleven).
Could I just take a minute to way WAAAAA-WHHHOOO?
Yes, I'm as digital as someone who grew up during the FIRST cold war can be, and I do love me the ebooks. But when a book comes out with an actual cover and a spine and it makes that lovely card-shuffling sound as you run your thumb over its pages, that's when it feels real.
And speaking of shuffled cards, there are plenty of them in WHAT TIME IS IT THERE? Tarot cards, to be exact. For that I have an actual professional tarot reader, Hilary Parry Haggerty, to thank. A long time ago, she was a student in an English class I taught. Now, she's an ace astrologer and tarot reader, and a darn interesting Facebook pal. I thanked her in the dedication. I also thanked poet Risa Denenberg, co-founder and editor of Headmistress Press (and first-rate nurse-practitioner) for advising me on the journey of Samantha Thorne, a character who is important in all three books. First two paper copies in the box heading toward me now go to those two helpful women! Hilary and Risa, I hope I got it right.
Bean Three is my favorite of the trilogy. The paranormal stuff is darker, the 70's stuff is funnier, and there's a new character named Amp whom I really, really love. There's someone called The Flying, Singing Angel With No Feet. And there's probably the best soundtrack of any of the Bean Books: the usual Grateful Dead, of course, but also Alex Chilton, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Judee Sill, and The Incredible String Band, to name just a few. I'll have to do a YouTube thing today, too.
I have a few reviews in on the Kindle side of the book (and they'll show up on the paper side soon, too), but gosh, I'd love it if some of my analog buddies bought and added to the discussion by leaving a review.
So enough bragging and wheedling! THE PAPERBACK IS OUT. Yay!